>>> cruising for a bruising. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. remember what president obama said about the republicans, about how their endless symbolic votes to kill obama care, now part of american law, by the way, don't constitute an economic plan? well, they didn't get the word. before congress left for a five-week vacation, they had one more piece of business to attend to. it wasn't creating jobs. it was to kill the obama care. if you're keeping score, it's the 47th time to repeal, refund, or cripple the president's health care law, and like all others it is governed by tantrums, meaningless tantrums, roll calls, speeches. as they say in texas, it's all hat, no cattle. tea partiers led by ted cruz are making it a real threat to shut down the u.s. government if the plan is not killed. it's silly, dumb, unachievable and actually political suicide and the people saying those words are not democrats, it's the republicans in congress who are saying those things, and those criticisms are delicate compared to what'